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Utagawa Hiroshige (æå· åºé?, 1797 – October 12, 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, and one of the last great artists in that tradition. He was also referred to as AndÅ Hiroshige (å®è¤ åºé) (an irregular combination of family name and art name) and by the art name of IchiyÅ«sai Hiroshige.
Hiroshige was born in 1797 and named "AndÅ TokutarÅ" (å®è¤ å¾³å¤ªé) in the Yayosu barracks, just east of Edo Castle in the Yaesu area of Edo (present-day Tokyo). His father was AndÅ Gen'emon, a hereditary retainer (of the dÅshin rank) of the shÅgun. An official within the fire-fighting organization whose duty was to protect Edo Castle from fire, Gen'emon and his family, along with 30 other samurai, lived in one of the 10 barracks; although their salary of 60 koku marked them as a minor family, it was a stable position, and a very easy one — Professor Seiichiro Takahashi characterizes a fireman's duties as largely consisting of revelry. The 30 samurai officials of a barracks, including Gen'emon, oversaw the efforts of the 300 lower-class workers who also lived within the barracks. A few scraps of evidence indicate he was tutored by another fireman who taught him in the Chinese-influenced KanÅ school of painting.
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